Article Hero

Chesapeake Energy goes bankrupt

Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
14 September 2020
The pandemic was a gobstopper for Chesapeake Energy.

Chesapeake Energy goes under as yesterday it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As it couldn’t shake off the impact of the pandemic, and the negative price of Oil, which led to a Q1 loss of more than $8 billion, now it became the largest US oil and gas producer to look for bankruptcy protection. 

Over time, the debt has been scrapped off. In 2013, the company had $13 billion worth of debt, which has been minimized by the current CEO through spending cuts, and asset sales. In just one trimester, it lost $700 million of its value.Doug Lawler, the CEO, stated yesterday that, "Despite having removed over $20 billion of leverage and financial commitments, we believe this restructuring is necessary for the long-term success and value creation of the business." 

It made this move, as it couldn't handle the $9 billion in debts. As part of the process, the lenders are to cut $7 billion of the debt, while the company will work as usual until the bankruptcy finalizes. It agreed on a $2.5 billion exit financing, while lenders and secured noteholders decided on a $600 million backstopping offering of new shares.

In more than two decades since it started functioning, it became the sixth natural gas producer by volume. 

At closing on Friday, the company was valued at approximately $115 million, while over the year, the stock price fell by 93%.

Read more about the pandemic’s effects on the markets here!


This information prepared by is not an offer or a solicitation for the purpose of purchase or sale of any financial products referred to herein or to enter into any legal relations, nor an advice or a recommendation with respect to such financial products.This information is prepared for general circulation. It does not regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation, or the particular needs of any recipient.You should independently evaluate each financial product and consider the suitability of such a financial product, by taking into account your specific investment objectives, financial situation, or particular needs, and by consulting an independent financial adviser as needed, before dealing in any financial products mentioned in this document.This information may not be published, circulated, reproduced, or distributed in whole or in part to any other person without the Company’s prior written consent.
Past performance is not always indicative of likely or future performance. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Financial Services (Pty) Ltd trading as CAPEX.COM/ZA acts as intermediary between the investor and Magnasale Trading Ltd, the counterparty to the contract for difference purchased by the Investor via CAPEX.COM/ZA, authorised & regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission with license number 264/15.  Magnasale Trading Ltd is the principal to the CFD purchased by investors.

Share this article

How did you find this article?


Read More

Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
Financial Writer

Miguel worked for major financial institutions such as Banco Santander, and Banco Central-Hispano. He is a published author of currency trading books.